At the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, March 21, Council discussed the next phase of public engagement for the Official Community Plan (OCP) review and endorsed the recommendations proposed by the OCP project team, while asking for modifications to some elements in the proposed plan.
At the meeting, the project team presented Council with a high-level work plan for Phase 3, an engagement and communications plan, and an associated budget for these tasks.
In response to Council direction received on February 14, the project team’s proposed engagement plan included holding eight dialogue sessions with representatives from ten different community and neighbourhood groups to discuss the draft vision, goals and the key themes, policy directions, and draft land use options.
After discussing the proposed engagement plan, Council directed staff to make some modifications, including consolidating two community associations (Lands End Residents Association and Property Responsibility on the Waterfront) into the same dialogue session.
Council also directed staff to combine four of the groups into a workshop session that would allow more residents to engage on the OCP review in a longer and more extensive format. These groups are the Bazan Bay Residents Association, McTavish Neighbourhood Community Group, newly formed Eaglehurst Residents Association, and Terraces Community Association.
The three remaining groups (Dean Park Estates Community Association, North Saanich Residents Association, and Save North Saanich) and the OCP Advisory Working Group (AWG) will each have their own dialogue session.
The project team will update Council on May 2 about the logistical details and associated costs for these changes, including how many people the newly proposed workshop can accommodate, how discussion will be facilitated, and what engagement tools will be used by the team to solicit the most meaningful and detailed feedback.
The project team will also present Council with materials to support the other engagement activities, including three open houses and an online survey, before engagement begins in May and June. This will formally launch the engagement activities for Phase 3.
For more information about the OCP review and to subscribe to project updates, visit www.connectnorthsaanich.ca/ocp.